Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crashes Since 1970

The following events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role. Excluded would be events where the only passengers killed were stowaways, hijackers, or saboteurs.

  1. 15 September 1988; Ethiopian Airlines 737-200; Bahar Dar, Ethiopia: During takeoff, the aircraft ingested numerous pigeons into both engines. One engine lost thrust almost immediately and the second lost thrust during the emergency return to the airport. As a result of the crash landing, 31 of the 105 passengers were killed.

    12 March 1993; Ethiopian Airlines ATR 42-300; Dire Dawa, Ethiopia: The aircraft departed a scheduled domestic flight from Gambela to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia when four hijackers attempted to force the crew to fly to Djibouti. The crew landed at Dire Dawa to refuel, where Ethiopian authorities began negotiating with the hijackers. After six days of negotiations, security forces attacked the aircraft and killed two of the hijackers. None of the four crew members or 26 passengers were killed during this event. Because this did not involve the death of an airline passenger, this is a significant event (but not a numbered fatal event) as defined by

  2. 23 November 1996; Ethiopian Airlines 767-200ER; near Moroni, Comoros Islands: The aircraft was on a flight from Ethiopia to Kenya when it was hijacked by at least two people. While attempting a landing near Moroni in the Comoros Islands the aircraft ran out of fuel and ditched near a beach. Ten of the 12 crew members and 117 of the 160 passengers were killed. The three hijackers apparently died.
    Other ditching events

  3. 25 January 2010; Ethiopian Airlines 737-800; Flight 409; near Beirut, Lebanon: The aircraft was on a scheduled international flight from Beirut, Lebanon to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after takeoff. All 82 passengers and eight crew members were killed.
    More information on the Ethiopian Airlines Crash
    Other 737 plane crashes
    Initial crash report
Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crashes Since 1970 -- Revised: 3 April 2012